The Edo State Government has imposed a 24 hour-curfew across the State till further notice. The curfew will take effect by 4PM today.
According to a statement signed by Osarodion Ogie, the Secretary to the State Government, ‘This decision has become necessary because of the very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protests.
This was the government’s response to the release of prisoners at the Benin Correction Centre by hoodlums, the burning of tyres on major roads, amongst other atrocities by the hoodlums. The Government has advised that the strict curfew should be adhered to by schools, businesses, individuals. The government also advised parents to ‘rein in their children, youths and wards to forestall further breakdown of law and order’
Omorodium noted that ‘while the government of Edo State respects the rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit idly when hoodlums have taken laws into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the state’.